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The Best Student Design-Build Projects Worldwide 2016

The Best Student Design-Build Projects Worldwide 2016

Last year, we asked the graduating students among the ArchDaily community to show us the design-build projects which they may have completed as part of their studies. The response we received was astonishing, and we were so impressed with the results that we simply had to do it again this year. So, two months ago we once again teamed up with ArchDaily Brasil and all four ArchDaily en Español sites to put out another call for submissions, and once again the response was overwhelming. Across over 100 submissions, the quality of the projects we received was so high that this year's results are bigger and better, containing 36 projects from 20 different countries. So, read on for the best student-built work from around the world in 2016.

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Project Title: Project O (Hongkong Baptist University)
Tutors: Peter Benz, Dr. Siu Kee Ho, Dr. Momo Leung, Kalen Lee
Students: Frank Chan
Country: Hong Kong, China

Project O (Hongkong Baptist University). Image Courtesy of Frank Chan

The whimsical "Project Circle" captures multiple ideas about architectural space and form, interaction and play. The attention-grabbing orange fabric seats “cocoon” the user in their individual pods, while the circular configuration of the seats encourages interaction between the different users. At the same time, the circular form of the pavilion interacts with the circular motifs of a basketball court, its site. At the center of the circle, a convex mirror reflects the sky above and plays with the user’s perception.

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Project Title: LIMÓNagua (UNAM)
Tutors: Taller Juan O’Gorman, Facultad de Arquitectura UNAM
Students: María José Barrera Pavón, Nicole Galván, Priscila Quintanilla, Daniel Kaufmann, Primitivo Arquitectura, Diseño Elemental / Karina Manriquez, RGH arquitectura / Roberto Gómez, Adlai arquitectura & diseño / Adlai Pulido, Escuela Libre de Arquitectura
Country: Mexico

LIMÓNagua (UNAM). Image Courtesy of LIMÓNagua

To mark Parking Day Mexico 2015, LIMÓNagua converted a parking space into a human space, giving the opportunity for passersby, even for just one day, to take precedence over automobiles. The proposal consists of 70 pallets stacked strategically to generate a hydraulic system in which water can be pumped manually to simulate the complex process of bringing water to Mexico City.

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Project Title: TwoXTwo (Iowa State University)
Studio Name: ARCH202 - Studio
Tutors: Nick Senske, Reinaldo Correa-Diaz, Bosuk Hur, Gregory Palermo, and Andrea Wheeler
Students: 77 students of the ARCH202 Spring 2016 Class
Country: USA

TwoXTwo (Iowa State University). Image Courtesy of Nick Senske

TwoXTwo is an in-depth exercise towards an understanding of public space through the rethinking of formal proportions and conventions of program and privacy. The project is primarily composed of 2x2 lumber pieces. The final assembly appears as a kinetic and continuous surface that incorporates various spatial qualities such as inclines, overhangs, ledges and pockets. Similar in form, SHoP Architects’ Dunescape served as major inspiration to the project.

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Project Title: UWE Digital Design Research Unit Pavilion 2016 (University of the West of England)
Tutors: John Harding, Scott Hills, Olga Kravchenko
Students: Raymonde Bieler, Paul Cooper, Lee Bartholomew, Shadie Elyaei
Country: UK

UWE Digital Design Research Unit Pavilion 2016 (University of the West of England). Image Courtesy of John Harding

As part of the university’s year-end show, a group of undergraduate students partnered with local firm Format Engineers were tasked with the creation of a pavilion. The task was to demonstrate the benefits of parametric design and digital fabrication by devising a low cost but structurally efficient method of construction. Forming a dynamic double-curved shell structure, the pavilion is constructed with straight strips of 6 millimeter birch plywood that are woven together along geodesics.

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Project Title: Erizo PEI (Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña y Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)
Studio Name: Taller en Morfología Estructural
Tutors: SMiA Research Group / Omar Avellaneda, Natalia Torres, Diana Peña
Students: Estudiantes del programa PEI 2015 de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Colombia
Country: Barcelona, Spain - Bogotá, Colombia

Erizo PEI (Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña y Pontificia Universidad Javeriana). Image © Stephanie Gayoso

The Erizo PEI Pavilion comprises a convex surface created from a system of straight articulated bars. The pavilion is the result of doctoral research into deployable structures with articulated bar systems, and possible methods of motion control. The Erizo PEI Pavilion develops these features through joints and rods, generating a fast and versatile method of assembly and disassembly.

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Project Title: Ebenezer Gate Pocket Park (University of the West of England)
Studio Name: Master of Architecture Course
Tutors: Dr Rachel Sara, Mr Matthew Jones, Ms Sally Daniels, Ms Ann de Graft-Johnson
Students: Ieva Zetlline, Anna Blamire-Brown, Connie Gregory
Country: UK

Ebenezer Gate Pocket Park (University of the West of England). Image Courtesy of Rachel Sara

The Pocket Park concept was born out of an initiative to regenerate abandoned pockets of urban space in order to benefit the local community. After the identification of the site at Ebenezer Gate, and the subsequent active community consultation, a “storytelling space” among greenery was conceptualized. In form, the project consists of various iterations of a sinuous timber bench with an A-Frame structure which allows it to be cut easily and tailored to site-specific dimensions. The “park” continues to be a well-used space with regular public programming.

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Project Title: The Paper Cocoon Pavilion (Ho Chi Minh University of Architecture)
Country: Vietnam

The Paper Cocoon Pavilion (Ho Chi Minh University of Architecture). Image © Trieu Chien

Every year, handhome.net runs an annual exhibition in Vietnam with the goal of connecting the older generation of architects in the country with students. Using bamboo sticks and traditional Vietnamese poonah paper, architect Nguyen Hoa Hiep of a21 Studio collaborated with students at Ho Chi Minh University to design a pavilion that references the different cocoons found in nature. A process of paper mache, modeled after the traditional Vietnamese craft of lion heads and masks, was used to construct the pavilion.

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Project Title: Pabellón Experimental Moriko
Studio Name: Grid Shell Workshop
Tutors: Eric Valdez, Fernando Flores
Students: Paola Tovar, Yoshio Fukumori and a team of 35 students from the Taller José Villagrán García
Country: Mexico

Pabellón Experimental Moriko. Image © Yoshio Fukumori

This experimental pavilion seeks to not only demonstrate the benefits of using digital tools in the design process, but also to show the applicability of wood as a renewable building material capable of generating highly complex geometric shapes.

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Project Title: ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 (University of Stuttgart)
Studio Name: ICD Institute for Computational Design + ITKEInstitute of Building Structures and Structural Design
Tutors: Prof. Achim Menges, Prof. Jan Knipers, Prof. Oliver Betz, Prof. James Nebelsick
Students: Simon Bechert, Oliver David Krieg, Tobias Schwinn, Daniel Sonntag, Martin Alvarez, Jan Brütting, Sean Campbell, Mariia Chumak, Hojoong Chung, Joshua Few, Eliane Herter, Rebecca Jaroszewski, Ting-Chun Kao, Dongil Kim, Kuan-Ting Lai, Seojoo Lee, Riccardo Manitta, Erik Martinez, Artyom Maxim, Masih Imani Nia, Andres Obregon, Luigi Olivieri, Thu Nguyen Phuoc, Giuseppe Pultrone, Jasmin Sadegh, Jenny Shen, Michael Sveiven, Julian Wengzinek, Alexander Wolkow, Long Nguyen, Michael Preisack, and Lauren Vasey.
Country: Germany

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16 (University of Stuttgart). Image Courtesy of Oliver Krieg

A group of masters students at the University of Stuttgart presented their research findings as a pavilion. As a collaborative effort between various departments at the University including Computational Design, and Architectural Design Research, the pavilion encompasses work on various research topics such as Biomimetic Investigation into Shell Structures, Employing the Material and Structural Logic of Wood and Robotic Sewing for Segmented Timber Shells. The Pavilion is the first of its kind to employ the industrial sewing of wood elements on an architectural scale, resulting in a whimsical organic form.

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Project Title: Woodquay Public Parklet (University of Limerick)
Students: Hottmar Loch, Aoife Barry, Ger Walsh, Haidê Neves, Luiz Felipe Ferreira
Country: Ireland/ Brazil

Woodquay Public Parklet (University of Limerick). Image Courtesy of Hottmar Loch

"Imaginative Neighborhood Woodquay" is a community design process that has been ongoing since 2013. It is led by the Adaptive Governance Lab (AGL) at the School of Architecture at University of Limerick. Together with Galway City Council, the teams work with the Woodquay Residents and Business Association, to ask them their opinion on what they want to see happen in Galway City as a whole, and how they wanted to revive their local area. Over the summer of 2015, as a part of the Adaptive Governance Lab, the team went back to the community of Woodquay and sought to create a new urban prototype of a temporary outdoor seating installation that would allow them to show the local community and the local authorities the importance of emphasizing human lives in cities, in the hopes of inspiring more permanent change in the future.

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Project Title: Sensory Pavilion (University of Kansas)
Studio Name: Dirt Works Studio
Tutors: Chad Kraus
Students: Anna Collins, Kelli Dillion, Nick Faust, Patrick Griffin, Tanner Hyland, Alexa Kaczor, Joseph Kaftan, Stephen McEnery, Caitlin McKaughan, Jeshua Monarres, Jarad Mundil, Dillon Park, Spencer Reed, Shummer Roddick, McKenzie Samp, John Schwarz, Mitchell Starrs, Elayna Svigos, Hannah Underwood, and Jeremy Weiland.
Country: USA

Sensory Pavilion (University of Kansas). Image © Chad Kraus courtesy of the Dirt Works Studio

Located in the Audio-Reader Sensory Garden which contain plants with interesting textures, fragrant herbs and the chirping birds, the design team was tasked with replacing a derelict gazebo. In its replacement is an “Open-Air Sensory Pavilion” that has been nestled within the garden and constructed in a way that adds to the sensory stimulation provided by the park. The smell of the building materials, charred wood and rammed earth, fills the air, and there is contrast between the wooden and earthen elements. An interesting mix of shadows are created by the pavilion’s form and the rear screen admits light and frames views.

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Project Title: Tesis Uno en Uno
Studio Name: Taller Mediterráneo
Tutors: Arq Alejandro Cohen, Adj. Arq. Cristian Nanzer, Tutora Arq. Maria Fernandez Saiz
Students: Lista Pablo Adolfo, Torchio Maximiliano, Vega Ojeda Marcos, Veglio Diego
Country: Argentina

Tesis Uno en Uno. Image Courtesy of Stefania Torchio, Santiago Iribarne Wynne

The project is part of a study in Tensegrity systems, in which tensile and compressive forces are balanced with a hinge connecting the two forces, resulting in a more stable mechanism to deploy the space. The product is a systemic architecture, formed from structure and skin. The structure is composed of bars providing compressive strength and steel cables tensile strength, joined by the hinge piece which is a structural and mechanical system itself. The skin is a tensioned diaphragm, designed to be appropriate for the weather.

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Project Title: Seminar House Pavilion 2016 (Kingston University)
Tutors: Takeshi Hayatsu, Simon Jones
Students: Postgraduate architecture students of Unit 5 from Kingston University
Country: UK

Seminar House Pavilion 2016 (Kingston University). Image Courtesy of Etienne Wijnen

Following a field trip to Nagano and Tokyo, a group of postgraduate students set out to create a pavilion to be erected in the garden of Dorich House Museum. In workshops with Japanese architect and professor Terunobu Fujimori, the students were exposed to less obvious precedents of Japanese architecture: known as the “Red School” the works were characterized as “raw, tactile, sometimes improvised; sometimes self built, invariably using elemental, natural materials and very often ‘odd’ to Western eyes.” Specific typologies included teahouses, timber castles, and self-built concrete houses, and the students derived techniques such as sandwich panel timber construction as well as zinc and timber cladding to build their own pavilion—an elevated public room with a garden terrace.

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Project Title: 80/35 Pavilion (Iowa State University)
Studio Name: Interdisciplinary Spring Option Studio 2016
Tutors: Shelby Doyle
Students: Alexandra Abreu, Rahul Attraya, Nicole Behnke, Tom Bos, Cole Davis, Shaohua Dong, Hannah Greenfield, Donald Hull, Kaitlin Izer, Makaela Jimmerson, Bryan Johnson, Joshua Neff, Nate Peters, Kelsie Stopak, Coralis Rodriguez-Torres, Kyle Vansice
Country: USA

80/35 Pavilion (Iowa State University). Image Courtesy of Shelby Doyle

At the 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines, this gridded sinuous structure is a light-reactive installation that glows in response to the surrounding music, thereby augmenting the festival atmosphere in real-time through the blending of design, music, light, and color. In addition, the pavilion also provides shade and seating. The design is composed of 6,500 pieces cut on a CNC router. An interdisciplinary team of undergraduate design students in architecture, industrial design and interiors receives credit for this project.

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Project Title: NYMBÚ, Módulo observatorio de aves
Tutors: Peter Seinfeld, Felipe Ferrer
Students: Andrea Castro Carbajal, Noelia Silva Mesones, Santiago Silva-Santisteban, Ailed Tejada Álvarez, Sammy Tejada Salazar
Country: Peru

NYMBÚ, Módulo observatorio de aves. Image Courtesy of NYMBÚ

The aim of this workshop course was to design and build temporary prototype modules capable of promoting tourism in Cusco, Perú. The joints holding the bamboo together are digitally designed and then carved by a CNC machine. The angling and shape of these joints allow the bamboo to achieve the structure's desired form, which is that of a "nest" with an organic and arboreal appearance that blends into its natural surroundings.

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Project Title: Kokoon (Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture)
Studio Name: Wood Program Studio 2015-16
Tutors: Pekka Heikkinen, Philip Tidwell, Willem van Bolderen
Students: Alexander Rantanen Barstad, Akın Cakıroglu, Eduardo Wiegand, Ignacio Traver Lafuente, Ivan Segato, Käbi Noodapera Ramel, Kristin Ekkerhaugen, Léa Pfister, María Inés Quirarte, Nicklas Ivarsson, Satoshi Iiyama, Sini Koskinen, Stephanie Jazmines, Taeho Noh, Tanja Vallaster, Tomoyo Nakamura, Toni Lahti, Yuko Konse
Country: Finland

Kokoon (Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture). Image © Léa Pfister

The built component of this project is just a few modules of a much larger system—a transportable and prefabricated system that was designed by the students of Aalto University as a response to Finland’s current housing situation and its lack of temporary housing for asylum seekers, students and families whose homes are undergoing necessary renovation. The modular units, meant to demonstrate the flexibility of the system towards various configurations, can be viewed in the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki.

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Project Title: Duna.Birtdwatching (Bergen Architecture School + Slovak University of Technology)
Students: 10 second year students and 15 fifth year students
Country: Norway + Slovakia

Duna.Birtdwatching (Bergen Architecture School + Slovak University of Technology). Image Courtesy of Emma Voisin Isdahl

The project’s site along the Danube River in Dunau, 25 kilometers away from Bratislava is well known for its recreational use as an international bike route and as a wildlife reservoir where visitors can observe migratory birds year-round. The project appears like landscape itself, and from the sidewalk pedestrians are invitingly led up to the roof of the structure.The wall extruded from the surface’s smooth curve and the metal railing define the path leading up to the roof. When visitors reach the top, they are welcomed into a larger seating area facing the horizon. Underneath the curve is another room that can be used for lounging and enjoying the site’s views from a different perspective.

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Project Title: K-OS / Estructura Recíproca (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)
Tutors: Peter Seinfeld, Felipe Ferrer
Students: Nathalie Muñoz Vilcapoma, Xymena Nino Cabrera, Julissa Paredes Cóndor, Lucía Patiño Torres, Néstor Purizaga Patiño, Noelia Valderrama Beizaga
Country: Peru

K-OS / Estructura Recíproca (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú). Image Courtesy of Néstor Purizaga Patiño

The K-OS / Estructura Recíproca project emerges from the analysis and exploration of systems, materiality, customs, traditions and ways of life in the lush jungle of Pucallpa, Peru. The brief was simply to create a space free from program, but using techniques developed from the research topics. The proposal stems from the fabrics of the Shipibo people, with the patterns, colors and ways to achieve them taken as a starting point. Conducted parallel to this was an investigation into the materiality and construction systems typical of the houses in the area.

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Project Title: Ground Ears (PGUAS)
Studio Name: team VESCH!
Country: Russia

Ground Ears (PGUAS). Image Courtesy of team VESCH!

Ground Ears is an interesting example of “human-scaled architecture.” As team VESCH! writes: “In the forest we all want to feel nature, so we decided to give to the modern citizen the opportunity to listen to the sounds of the Earth.” Built for the “WAFEst Festival” in Russia, the project harnesses acoustic design in architecture which allows the plywood installation to concentrate and enhance the sounds of the forest. All the user has to do is stand in the center while the installation focuses the sound towards his or her ears.

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Project Title: (Universidade Federal de Goiás - UFG)
Tutors: Bráulio Romeiro
Students: Aira Fontenelle, Aline Lopes, Gabriela Vilela, Letícia Mastrela, Luccas Chaves
Country: Brazil

Universidade Federal de Goiás - UFG. Image Courtesy of Luccas Chaves

This project consists of a shelter for resting and contemplation able to host up to six people. The project, which presents formal and plastic ability, was built with bamboo structure, rope and textile to to reinforce the frame and create a shaded environment.

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Project Title: HOUSE 1 (EPFL Lausanne)
Studio Name: ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de L’Espace)
Tutors: Dietder Dietz, Daniel Zamarbide, Raffael Baur, Edouard Cabay, Laurent Chassot, Nicolas Durr, Margherita Del Grosso, Alexa den Hartog Stéphane Grandgirard, Patricia Guaita, Agathe Mignon, Andrea Pellacani, Laura Perez Lupi, Anne-Chantal Rufer, Wynd van der Woude with Thibaud Smith
Students: 200 1st year students at EPFL
Country: Switzerland

HOUSE 1 (EPFL Lausanne). Image © Dylan Perrenoud

As the team writes: “HOUSE 1 is an architectural installation, based on an experimental format for collaborative design.” The project began with a base “proto-structure” that dictates the different zones of House 1. Under the leadership of 12 studio directors, EPFL’s architecture students were divided into smaller teams that were responsible for a specific room (providing habitation) or a transitional space (providing connectivity) in the structure. Through the heterogeneous quality of the finished product, they hope that the resulting architecture should read as “an unfolding evolution of a space that invokes questions, contains possibilities, and is open for interpretation.”

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Project Title: Tubotella (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)
Tutors: Peter Seinfeld, Felipe Ferrer
Students: Marcelo Bettocchi, Isabela González, Ana Lucia Velarde
Country: Peru

Tubotella (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú). Image © Marcelo Bettocchi, Isabela González y Ana Lucia Velarde

The project was designed from two elements: plastic bottles and Tetra Pak, elements which are abundant in everyday trash. The design takes advantage of the strength of the plastic for the structure and the layered material of the Tetra Pak for enclosure. The cost of the structure is almost nothing, but still manages to be practical and multipurpose. It takes advantage of each of the elements recycled.

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Project Title: DIA 3D Jewelry Pavilion (Dessau International Architecture Graduate School)
Studio Name: Cadlogic introDigital Fabrication
Tutors: Karim Soliman
Students: Orlen Ramzoti, Nabil Rajjoub, Ilya Safronov
Country: Germany

DIA 3D Jewelry Pavilion (Dessau International Architecture Graduate School). Image © Pavel Babienko

Constructed entirely out of 6-millimeter-thick cardboard and fastened with plastic zip ties, this installation demonstrates an economical approach to the typology of temporary pavilions. Due to budgetary constraints, every cardboard sheet had to be cut by hand. Programatically, the structure serves to exhibit 3D-printed plastic jewelry. The challenge for the students was to reconcile two opposing scales—the pavilion, as a whole, must be large enough to be attractive in its location, but to articulate itself in a smaller scale to display the jewelry beautifully. This duality is further shown in the contrast between the characters of the interior against the exterior.

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Project Title: Kitchen21 (TU Wien Institute for Architecture and Design)
Tutors: Sami Rintala, Johannes Paar, Julian Nocker
Students: Rouzbeh Abdollahzadeh Lahiji, Gizem Atac Önal, Yusuf Aytas, Sarah Katharina Beyer, Anna Boustani, Betül Boyacioglu, Adil Cinar, Jana Chlupová, Julia Fuchshuber, Bianca Gamser, Vadim Ghiorghiu, Elis Hackaj, Mireille Hohlbaum, Julia Brigitte Kanz, Stephanie Koppensteiner, Samuel Métraux, Kadri Muzaqi, Pavel Nikolov, Julian Nocker, Agnes Pachucki, Irina Pardametz, Julia Puchegger, Charlie Rauchs, Lorenz Schreiner, Veronika Sevcikova, Thomas Sommerauer, Viktoria Stöhr, Ömer Telli Sait, Cristina Vlascici
Country: Austria

Kitchen21 (TU Wien Institute for Architecture and Design). Image © Leonhard Hilzensauer

Kitchen21 is composed of three separate pavilions with a common connecting platform. In a 12-day workshop, 29 students designed and realized this complex containing a cooking pavilion, a seating pavilion, and a stage pavilion while simultaneously giving new meaning to the architectural concept of “in-situ construction.” Only the project’s use, the perimeters of the site, simple manual tools and material were fixed as a starting point of the workshop. The design, the allocation of resources and construction management were all improvised by the students. With spaces for performance, food preparation, and a place to gather and lounge the project serves as a social catalyst for unplanned low-threshold events like mini concerts and cookouts in its location in the market of Floridsdorf, a suburb of Vienna.

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Project Title: BICHO VI (Universidad de Monterrey UDEM)
Tutors: Daniela Frogheri, Alberto Estévez Escalera
Students: Alejandra Meléndez Elizondo, Ana Patricia Garrido Chávez, Lyz Andrea Ezeta Villarreal, Carlos Andrés Huerta Fernández, Daniela Martínez Chapa, Joshua Ascencio, Karla Cecilia Oviedo González, Katia Lizeth Carbajal Monroy, Lorena Guadalupe Cavazos Muñoz, Rodrigo Gastélum Garza, Sergio Gustavo Parroquin Sansores
Country: Mexico

BICHO VI (Universidad de Monterrey UDEM). Image Courtesy of Ana Patricia Garrido Chávez, Fab Lab Monterrey

The project consists of flexible elements, invited by the development of studies into bending wood, either through cuts on the surfaces of the pieces, or by using very thin plates and taking advantage of the flexibility of the material itself. The result was a wooden pavilion, generated through geometric algorithms using Rhinoceros, Grasshopper and Python, whose pieces—in spite of their curvature—are all still workable. Its shape allows bending following the grain of the material, or through laser cutting, using a system which reads the isocurves to generate the cutting pattern.

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Project Title: OverCast (University of Pennsylvania)
Studio Name: ARCH 730 Techniques, Morphology and Detailing of a Pavilion
Tutors: Mohammad Alkhayer, Andrew Saunders
Students: Lillian Candela, Constance Chang, Margaret Gregg, Huichao Han, Jonathan Hein, John Hilla, Siyi Li, Audrey Lin, Ziyang Luo, Tian Ouyang, Andre Stiles, Yuchen Wen, Xeaniel Wu, Xinnan Xu, Yuntao Xu, Ji Yoon
Country: USA

OverCast (University of Pennsylvania). Image © Tian Ouyang

OverCast is the winning proposal in the collaboration between PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania and the Russel Wright Design Center. To celebrate the legacy of the late industrial designer, first year M.Arch students were instructed to analyze Wright’s mid-century modern pieces. The winning design takes inspiration from the curvature of Wright’s 1937 American modern collection. Copying the fabrication process of the mid-century pieces, similarly curved thermoformed polystyrene pieces were used as “bricks” to constitute a larger sculptural pavilion.

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Project Title: TOCA Pavilion (University of Tokyo)
Tutors: Prof. Yusuke Obuchi, Kaz Yoneda, Kensuke Hotta, Toshikatsu Kiuchi, Kosuke Nagata
Students: Gilang Arenza, Hadin Charbel, Ann-Kristin Crusius, Lai Jiang, Samuel Lalo, Déborah López, Ratnar Sam, Pitchawut Virutamawongse, Jan Vranovsky, Lu Yuanfang, Ying Xu,Akane Imai, Pan Kalin, Alric Lee, Nicky Li, Ittidej Lirapirom, Kenneth Lønning, Luca Marulli, Moritz Münzenmaier, Victor Wido, Christopher Wilkens, Isaac Yoo, Yihan Zhang
Country: Japan

TOCA Pavilion (University of Tokyo). Image © Jan Vranovsky

The project’s name stands for “Tool Operated Choreographed Architecture” and the Pavilion is the result of a study to understand ways of augmenting unskilled laborers in on-site architectural production through the redefinition in the roles between humans and the machine. This project shows its substance in the process as much as the end result—the construction involves a pre-planned lattice formwork filled with foam sprayed through manual labor. The innovation in this study is seen in the way that the the technology assumes and is able to compensate for the margin of human error during the manual spraying process—thus the actual built model is updated and evolving in real time.

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Project Title: Pempén, a Transformable Module for the Peruvian Forest (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)
Tutors: Peter Seinfeld, Felipe Ferrer
Students: María Celeste Moyonero Romero, Christine Tomas Huatuco, Lucia Callatopa Ramos, Regina Peredo Paredes, Valerie Arrue Sanchez, Miguel Ángel Meza Vela
Country: Peru

Pempén, a Transformable Module for the Peruvian Forest (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú). Image Courtesy of Pempén

Pempén developed as a resting place, for use after a day of work or while waiting for the next boat, taking as protagonists the residents and their activities during the day. The possibility of a mechanism that can serve to control both ventilation and shade was one of the main objectives, resulting in the use of moving parts as a cover.

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Project Title: Pop-Up Shelter (University of Tokyo)
Tutors: Taichi Kuma
Students: Jun Shimada, Kantaro Makanae, Masayuki Takiguchi, Aisa Arikawa, Takanori Ishii, Liija Li, Tatsunori Shibuya, Masatoshi Nishizato
Country: Japan

Pop-Up Shelter (University of Tokyo). Image © Jun Shimada

This pavilion is created out of glass fiber rods and a stretchable membrane and provides an intimate interior space that serves as a temporary shelter. The structure employs the straightforward tension-based physics behind tensile structures but the undulating forms of the structure are the result of origami-like controlled geometry in the bending and configuration of the rods.

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Project Title: Taco aqui, taco lá (Faculdade de Arquitetura - UFBA)
Tutors: Profa. Akemi Tahara (Coodinator), Prof. Daniel Juracy Mellado Paz, Prof. Edson Fernandes D'Oliveira Santos Neto, Prof. Naia Alban Suarez
Students: Ana Caroline de Sylos Moreno, Elane Isaías dos Santos Dias, Gabriel Macedo de Goes da Silva, Gabriela Sales Otremba, Hamilene Souza Barros, Kênnia Veronique Silva Linhas, Laís da Silva cerqueira, Maicon Rios da Silva, Rodrigo Oliveira Sena
Country: Brazil

Taco aqui, taco lá (Faculdade de Arquitetura - UFBA). Image Courtesy of Tectônica

This project was developed for the exhibition “A Arte e o Utilitário” and entails the reuse of materials, specifically, the wooden floor of an old mansion. Throughout the whole process the students kept in mind issues related to the maximization of resources, reuse, economy, building detains and joints, and the relations between project and execution.

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Project Title: Treasure at the End of the Rainbow (Bialystok Technical University)
Students: Magdalena Jakubowska
Country: Poland

Treasure at the End of the Rainbow (Bialystok Technical University). Image © Magdalena Jakubowska

This student project was installed as part of the “Light Move” Festival in the city of Łódź. The colorful project was inspired by the mythical stories surrounding the rainbow. With a goal of providing a site that calls people to slow down, sit down and take a rest, meet and get to know other people, the designer believes that in a world of technological mediation and lacking social interaction, peace of mind and friendships are the true treasure of a rainbow as opposed to the mythical pot of gold.

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Project Title: Pectus, Módulo Autosuficiente (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)
Tutors: Peter Seinfeld, Felipe Ferrer
Students: Samantha Segura Martel
Country: Peru

Pectus, Módulo Autosuficiente (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú). Image Courtesy of Samantha Segura Martel

The project comprises a folded structure which works in tension and is anchored to a base. Thanks to its folding joints, the structure is very lightweight, and the cover is modulated according to its function as a ceiling or wall. It also has solar panels to harness solar radiation, providing a night light and the ability to charge electronic devices such as laptops and cell phones.

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Project Title: Samovar Pavilion (MARCH)
Tutors: Sobolev Gleb
Students: Abutiv Yakov, Gubskaya Elena, Smaga Alexandr, Reva Artyom, Tatarkina Daria, Kazlauskas
Yanis, Khorev Roman
Country: Russia

Samovar Pavilion (MARCH). Image Courtesy of Smaga Alexandr

A Samovar is a Russian traditional self-heating kettle, and the students behind this project are seeking to highlight this ancient but ever-relevant innovation. As an entry for the Eko-Tektonika 2016 contest, the project’s jumping off point was to create a project that “expresses the idea of ​​transforming the model of ‘consumer behavior’ in mankind, taking into account the basic aspects of sustainable development.” For these students, the Samovar represents the century-long commitment of mankind to achieve a sustainable existence.

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Project Title: The Movable Immovable (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar)
Tutors: Prof. Rainier Gumpp, Dr-Ing. Stephan Schultz, Christina Much, Olaf Kammler
Students: Giovanni Amato, Constanze Barbuceanu, Marie-Luise Budszuhn, Lorenzo Ceccon, Gregory Devaud, Vitus Gerbach, Caroline Haase, Thomas Heyke, Miriam Hiltner, Jacqueline Kunze, Benoit Margez, Pier-Paolo Palazzetti, Marta Plage, Theresa Schirmer, Jean-Loup Tscheulin, Katharina Wittke, Maximilian August
Country: Germany

The Movable Immovable (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar). Image Courtesy of Stephan Schultz

In a 3 month collaborative effort among an entire class, the students had to think “outside the box” in order to create a “box” which is able to enlarge by at least 50 percent. By using telescopic rails, the initial volume of the box pulls apart into two and opens a three-fold arched membrane that connects two volumes. The interior space contains corrugated cardboard furnishings.

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Project Title: Pabellón de aire, sede Gausacs (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallès ETSAV - Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya UPC)
Tutors: Coque Claret, Daniel Calatayud
Students: Guillem Bigas, Paola Busso, Andrea Caldas, Gerard Chalaux, Alexandra Ciscar, Ferran Cortés, Víctor Díaz-Asensio, Hugo Dre, Tatiana d’Espaux, Sergi Estruch, Guillem Fàgregas, Miquel Figueras, Albert Garcia, Lucile Garnier, Laia Jiménez, Ivan Masses, Gerard Pagans, Carlota de la Presa, Marc Roca, Guillem Roca, Albert Serra, Marc Serra, Victoria Solina, Pau Sorrosal, Marc Sureda, Marc Valero, Laia Vilar
Country: Spain

Pabellón de aire, sede Gausacs (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallès ETSAV - Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya UPC). Image Courtesy of Xavi Requena, Marc Roca, Marc Valero, Laia Vilar

For this prototype the team sought to generate the minimum volume necessary for the practice of a group of Castellers (practitioners of the Catalan tradition of building human towers) from Sant Cugat del Valles. They designed a space which is supported by pressurized air, trying to maintain conditions of pressure and humidity that are suitable for physical exercise. The base structure is made from basic materials such as pallets and plastic waste obtained from industries in the area.

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Project Title: Nes Pocket Farms Barn (The Oslo School of Architecture and Design)
Studio Name: Scarcity and Creativity Studio project, Spring 2016
Tutors: Christian Hermansen and Marcin Wojcik
Students: Alberto Ballesteros Barea, Jon Erik Dybedal Brekken, Sara Cais Soler, Hiu Yeung Amos Chan, Raphael Fournier, Ingri Heggebø, Jørgen Joacim Høy, Silje Loe, Bao Trung Mai, Alexandra Niedermayr, Sigurd Strøm Nørsterud, Johann Sigurd Ruud, Marc Sanchez Olivares, Johan By Sørheim, Marine Vincentz, Vjera Sleutel
Country: Norway

Nes Pocket Farms Barn (The Oslo School of Architecture and Design). Image © SCS

The city of Oslo is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and is currently saturated by development, forcing some to spread out beyond the city’s borders into other municipalities like Nes. However, the municipality of Nes does not want to undergo a process of suburbanization, instead preferring to maintain its rural nature—after all it is one of the principal grain producers of the country. Towards this goal, a new model of “Pocket Farms” promoting small-scale self sustainability are being developed in Nes. The students were tasked not only with the creation of the barn to be shared between a number of families but they also built four “eco-houses.” The final form of the building is a result of the client’s request form a strong integration between the barn and its immediate landscape.

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Thanks to everyone who joined in and sent us their university's studio projects—once again we loved seeing what the world of architecture education has been up to, and we can't wait to do it all again next year!

Article Credits:

English: Jan Doroteo
Spanish & Portuguese: adapted from submissions
Introduction: Rory Stott

Spanish: Rory Stott
Portuguese: Romullo Baratto

Rory Stott

About this author
Cite: AD Editorial Team. "The Best Student Design-Build Projects Worldwide 2016" 05 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/794566/the-best-student-design-build-projects-worldwide-2016> ISSN 0719-8884


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